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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – So, exactly what does it take to create one of the most spectacular floral festivals at the Dallas Arboretum? More than you think!

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The North Texas thermometer is on a roller coaster, with temperatures warm and springlike and below freezing. But workers are busy setting the ‘groundwork’ to create one of the most spectacular floral festivals at the Dallas Arboretum.

Before “Dallas Blooms: Flower Power” debuts next year a combination of 11,000 man-hours and weeks of work will have been performed. The work may be one Dallas’  dirtiest jobs but somebody’s got to do it!

Right now, a team of workers and volunteers are spreading out a sea of bulbs — planting them about six inches in the ground. To define that “sea” on Tuesday there was a tractor trailer at the Arboretum, packed with more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs.

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Crates filled with hundreds of bulbs were loaded in Holland and made the journey to North Texas. In addition to dozens of other flowers, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will emerge in a few weeks.

Volunteer Nancy Nance said, “You’re creating beauty. It’s hard work, but in spring it’ll be beautiful. Spring bloom festival is just incredible.”

The team started the huge project, in the 66-acre garden, on the Monday after Thanksgiving and will wrap up a few days before Christmas. The end result will be a spectacular floral festival that’ll debut on February 25.

Tulips at the Arboretum should begin to pop out in late January. The flowers will continue to bloom throughout the festival which runs through April 9.

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